When I came across these posts on YouTube, I could not help but share them here at KUR. Not because of the individual tracks themselves (which have been digitalized) – “Aybe Sea” (above) which closes side one of Burnt Weenie Sandwich and Uncle Meat‘s “Nine Types of Industrial Pollution” (below) – but because as these videos illustrate so well, a way of experiencing music which newer technologies have so hurriedly bypassed. I’m speaking of the whole tactile experience of listening to the vinyl record, itself: from how you held it in your hands, set the vinyl on the turntable, adjusted the amplifier and equalizer, then sitting before your stereo system, examined the album cover in your hands while the music filled the room.
Indeed, new technological advancements have brought music to the masses, have quite literally brought the recording industry to its knees, removed the middleman from between the artist and his fan – still, a part of me misses those times I recall raiding the local record store, hauling home my vinyl catch of the day, and losing myself in the warmth and depth that was always the vinyl experience.
Thanks to “gamesDAMNED” for posting these videos on YouTube. He describes the system in these videos as:
The Mothers of Invention – Aybe Sea
Turntable: Sony PX-X5 Direct Drive
Phono Cart: Grado Red
Preamp: Rega Fono Mini
Stereo: Marantz 2235b
Recorded at 24/96 (24-bit, 96kHz) on Audacity.
The Mothers of Invention – Nine Types of Industrial Pollution
Turntable: Sony PS-X5
Phono Cart: Ortofon 2M Blue
Preamp: Musical Fidelity V-LPS w/ Radio Shack PSU
Stereo: Harmon Kardon 330c stereo receiver
Recorded at 24/96 (24-bit, 96kHz) on Audacity
Having access to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention now on vinyl, cassette, reel-to-reel, compact disc, etc – I cannot image any fan limiting themselves to just one format. The nuances are there to be heard and enjoyed by any discerning fan.